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Owners with something to sing about after Excited's hat-trick

Champion jockey Glen Boss received a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ from the owners of Don’t Get Excited after he steered the promising galloper to victory in the New Zealand Bloodstock Handicap (1300m) at Sandown Hillside.

Boss, celebrating his 44th birthday, replaced the suspended Michael Rodd aboard Don’t Get Excited but the triple Melbourne Cup-winning rider had things go against him early when circumstances left him three-wide for the entire race.

Don’t Get Excited raced to the front a long way from home, giving the well-performed runner-up Bass Strait every chance to run him down but the son of Elvstroem scored by a short half-head, despite giving the second horse 3kg.

Don’t Get Excited’s owners broke into song when Boss returned to scale aboard the son of Elvstroem, who remained unbeaten from three starts for the Stephen Theodore stable after starting his career with the Austy Coffey stable at Swan Hill.

Theodore said the margin of Don’t Get Excited’s win did not reflect the quality of his performance, which he added showed he was capable of tackling tougher races in the spring.

“They went quick early and we got a long way back compared to his last two wins,” Theodore said. “He didn’t get cover so they had their chance to beat him. It was a good win, don’t worry about that.

“He’s fit and it’s a long straight and they had their chance and he fought them off and held on. He’s ready to step up and go down in weight now and climb his way back up again.

“All he can do is win and the margin’s irrelevant sometimes.

“He’s won three in a row now and he’s a progressive type. It’s a terrific effort when you put three wins together and I’m honoured to train this horse and hopefully we can keep going on our winning way.

“You can throw him a provincial plate or in a Listed 1700-metre race at Flemington where he’ll get 54(kg). It’s going to be hard to resist those sorts of races.”

Don’t Get Excited won his way into tougher races in the near future but Theodore said the gelding would benefit from more time to mature.

“He’s matured and he’s still a rangy type,” Theodore said. “He’s going to come back a nicer horse this time in but we’ll steadily take him through the ranks and keep enjoying this winning feeling with a great bunch of owners that gave me the opportunity.”


Story Courtesy of Stephen Theodore Racing